The COMMANDOS traveled to Clarksville on Thursday night and came back still perfect in Region 4-6A games by defeating Rossview 35-17. The game was moved to Thursday due to threat of rain on Friday. HHS had a pair of 100 yard rushers as both #2 Drew Hohenbrink and #32 Derek Kincaid topped the 100 yard mark in the victory.
The game would start with Hendersonville receiving the opening kickoff and #20 Nate Hancock would have a good return. Runs by Hancock, Hohenbrink, and #15 Dalton Jones would move the ball down the field for HHS. Jones would score the 1st touchdown of the night with a 7 yard run. After #97 Ashton Dodd hit the PAT, HHS would have an early 7-0 lead. Rossview would look to answer with a drive of their own as they would pick up a 1st down by penalty and then a couple of more 1st downs on the ground before they would get a reception that set up 1st and goal at the 1 yard line. #14 Issiah Chandler would come up with a tackle for no gain before getting a tackle for loss on 3rd down as Hendersonville was able to hold the Hawks to a field goal. The 24 yard field goal would be good making the score 7-3. On the next offensive series for HHS, Kincaid would pick up a 1st down on the ground before two HHS 1st downs were called back due to penalty and the COMMANDOS would have to punt.
The ensuing RHS drive would go into the 2nd quarter and on the 1st play of the quarter, #11 Cam Stevens would come up with an interception. Hendersonville would give the ball right back to the Hawks with a fumble on their 1st play and Rossview would then have a one play drive, scoring a touchdown with a 73 yard TD pass. The score would give RHS the lead 7-10. The Hawk lead would be short lived, however, as Hohenbrink would run 76 yards to the endzone on the 1st play of the next COMMANDO possession. #87 Robert Christian and #77 Austin Hamblin would combine for a tackle for loss as HHS forced a punt following the kickoff. #7 Logan Spurrier, Kincaid, and Jones would again pick up rushing first downs for the COMMANDOS as they went down the field again. Kincaid would score with a 24 yard TD making the score 21-10. On the next defensive series, #25 Jacob Newton would have a tackle for loss on 3rd down forcing a punt. Hendersonville would not gain possession of the ball however as they would have another turnover on the punt with a fumble. The Black & Gold defense would get the ball back for the offense this time as #10 Ellis Ellis would intercept a pass. Hendersonville would take the ball down the field and score on a 14 yard TD pass from Hohenbrink to Kincaid with 7 seconds left in the 1st half.
Rossview would convert a 3rd down and a 4th down on the first drive of the 2nd half as they got a 1st and goal. #76 Wilson Higgs and #61 Zack Rockom would make tackles keeping Rossview out of the endzone before a fumble recovered by HHS in the endzone would give HHS the ball for the 1st time in the 2nd half. After a 1st down run by Chandler, HHS would punt. RHS would put together another drive following the punt.
Rossview’s drive would come up empty as the Hawks would miss a 50 yard field goal early in the 4th quarter. Hendersonville would be forced to punt again, and the defense would get HHS the ball back with a 4th down stop. The COMMANDOS would get this drive going down the field and Spurrier would score with a 1 yard TD run making the score 35-10. On the ensuing possession, RHS would score on their 1st play with a pass. After the kickoff, Hendersonville would be able to run out the clock and get the Region victory 35-17.
With the victory, Hendersonville (7-2) has set up a Region 4-6A championship game next week as the COMMANDOS will travel to Mt. Juliet (9-0). The Golden Bears are the defending Region 4-6A champions as they finished with a perfect 10-0 record last season and are looking to do the same this year as they currently sit at 9-0. Both the COMMANDOS and Golden Bears have 4-0 Region records. The game will be at Mt. Juliet next Friday night and will kickoff at 7:00.